Welcome to Ensign! Today is a special day. You are invited to bring your kindergarten child and together meet our principal and kindergarten teachers. We hope you will take time to tour the school and look around the kindergarten classrooms. You will be able to enjoy the fun and exciting atmosphere of our kindergarten program.
If you are a transfer student, and have been accepted at Ensign, this is the day you will also bring your completed registration packet.
Transfer students should apply for a transfer from the district Department of Student Services (440 East 100 South, 801-578-8206 or 578-8475) from December 2, 2016 through February 18, 2017 for the next school year. If there is space available you will be notified by the end of March.
Registration Packets will be available for pick-up in the school office on February 24, 2017.
If you live within Ensign School boundaries, you should register your child on the above date.
If you live outside of Ensign School boundaries you will need to apply for a transfer from the district Department of Student Services (440 East 100 South, 801-578-8206 or 801-578-8475) from December 2, 2016 through February 19, 2017 for the next school year. If there is space available you will be notified by the end of March so you can attend Kindergarten Orientation.
How old does my child need to be to enter Kindergarten?
Five years old by September 1st of this year.
What happens at kindergarten registration?
At this time you need to bring your child's personal records so you can fill out the necessary forms to complete the registration process.
How long does it take to register?
Long enough to fill out six information pages for your child and hand in the completed forms that you brought with you.
What do I need to bring with me to register my child in Kindergarten?
e. List of names of responsible adults who are authorized to take your child from school in the event of an emergency and you cannot be reached, including:
When is Kindergarten Registration?
Packets are available beginning February 24th, 2017. All packets must be completed and returned by March 17th.
What day will my child start Kindergarten?
Kindergarten classes begin on August 21, 2017
What should/could I do to make sure my child is ready for Kindergarten?
Writing their first name and exposure to a variety of literature and print is very useful. Tying shoes, buttoning and zipping are also very helpful! The more experiences your child has, the more confident and prepared he/she will be.
Should I be worried if my child does not know how to read or write?
Do not fret! Children progress in reading and writing at their own pace! They will let you know when they are ready to move forward or take some time enjoying what they already know. It is important that you support and encourage your child's first reading and writing interests. A child who loves collecting and categorizing bugs can be supported by a variety of bug books from the local library. He/she might also enjoy labeling the bug collection. Refrigerator letter magnets, labeling things in a child's room and a ritual bed time story are wonderful ways to support and introduce your child to literacy!
What kind of help can a parent volunteer provide in the classroom? Help outside the classroom?
Classroom volunteers are a must in the early grades! Parents can be reading volunteers or help with centers. We have parents who can commit weekly and some monthly. A child's love and thirst for learning soars when he/she sees mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, etc. involved in school! Outside the classroom, parents can make phone calls, create learning materials, provide snacks and donations.
Will my child have homework?
Reinforcing a child's school learning at home is very important. Those students who experience a strong home-school connection are more enthusiastic and self-motivated. Homework is given to strengthen a child's abilities and reinforce basic skills.
Questions About Kindergarten Assessments
When and where do parents sign up for a testing time in August?
Kindergarten teachers will contact you to set up an appointment time. They will be week before school starts.
How long does the test take?
Approximately 30-40 minutes.
What kind of skills are assessed?
Letter/number recognition, color identification, letter sounds, rhyming words, beginning sounds, concepts about print, etc.
Why do you test for the skills?
The State of Utah requires a beginning of the year and end of the year assessment on all Kindergarten students. Teachers also use this information to build balanced Kindergarten classes.